The Ghana Hotels Association has used its third National Executive Council meeting at Kwahu Pepease to appeal to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning for a review of the 5% revenue authority tax on hotels and release the members of the multiple taxes imposed on them.The meeting was under the theme:”Promoting good governance in hotels” and saw a host of executives who gathered to find ways to improve hotel governane in Ghana.
The association explained how the tax imposed on them affects their revenue to distract the good service they desire to operate under.It is in the light of these concerns that they pleaded for a release of the one percent tourism development fund to members of the Association for the regular maintenance of their hotels.
Tourism has become a highly competitive social, economic and environmental activity in both developed and developing countries.As such,government would not spare any effort at using it as a vehicle for poverty reduction.The industry has the economic potential and contributes an average of six percent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), making it the fourth highest foreign exchange earner for the country.I therefore urge the Association to partner government to weed out those offering sub standard services that could bring the image of the industry into disrepute
said in the address of the Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Victor Smith.
National President of the Association, Mr Herbert Acquaye,reiterated the desire of the association to provide the best of services but implored members to help put up a training institute to train personnel to work at the hotels since they have not had any training centre since the demise of Catering and Tourism Training Institute (HOTCATT).
In her welcome address, the Eastern Regional chairperson of the Association, Mrs Enyonam Offei, said the Region has a lot of tourist sites and urged members to introduce those sites to their guests and help enhance the development of the tourism industry in the country.
The Association which was formed in 1975 currently has 800 members with 77 of them in the Eastern Region,said the Eastern Regional chairperson of the Association, Mrs Enyonam Offei.She appealed with the members to utilize the various tourist sites in the area and help contribute towards the development of the industry.
Nana Adjei Twene, the Dwantoafohene of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area,was also present with an address to the managers to help provide adequate security in their hotels and also cooperate with the Police and give them the needed information to arrest armed robbers and drug peddlers who lodge at their hotels.